With A Heavy Heart…

Over the past eight days we painted dorm rooms for college students, laid a concrete floor for a new church, organized and ran two outreach events for teens and college students. We saw shacks, people, dirt, and traffic everywhere. We attended three church services, visited with an authentic potter, played soccer at a school. We took food to the families, played with the children, worked with the locals, sang and clapped with the church, and prayed with the community. We watched six young men turn away from the gangs and give their lives to Christ. We did our best to love on people in need of love, but at the end of the week they poured out their love to us.  We made new friends, both from Nicaragua and from our own group. We became family, one whose foundation is Christ and whose love transcends race, color, language, and economics.  We will forever remember the nights we spent in our rocking chairs on the porch worshiping and growing in the knowledge of God together. We will never forget the church services and the lives changed. We will always remember the flood of tears shed as pieces of our hearts were left with them and their love was given to us. Over the past eight days we bleed, sweated, cried, laughed, shared, served, loved, sang, obeyed, but most of all, received, We learned that the poorest people can be the most generous, we experienced the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me

Isaiah 58:6-9 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

My heart is heavy with the memories we made. I can’t close my eyes without seeing the smiles of the people of Nicaragua and the tears of our team as we had to part ways. Let us pray that God will reunite us with the beautiful people we went to serve, but who taught us more than words could ever explain. Through the impoverished people of Nicaragua I have experienced God’s love, genuine faith, and unaffected joy.

Now what will we do with this experience? Where will we follow God next? Where will we serve now?

Cristo puede mover montes, solo Dios puede salvar, mi Dios puede salvar.

Hijo de Dios Tú eres por quien vivimos hoy.

Anthony Noles

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